Family Support Groups

Available monthly in regions across BC. Contact your local BCSS educator for a time/place near you.

We invite families to our monthly support groups led by trained facilitators or educators.  Our groups are designed for adult loved ones who have friend or a family members living with mental illness. We provide guest speakers and updated information about mental illnesses and local resources. This helps to alleviate some of our burdens in trying to figure out systems and resources for our loved ones.

BCSS uses the NAMI model of group support for families, we offer a safe, confidential setting, that is free of cost to participants.

BCSS Principles of Support

  • We will see the individual first, not the illness.
  • We recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers.
  • We understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events.
  • We aim for better coping skills.
  • We find strength in sharing experiences.
  • We reject stigma and do not tolerate discrimination.
  • We won’t judge anyone’s pain as less than our own.
  • We forgive ourselves and reject guilt


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